Introducing Destiny Farm
Filed Under: Cambodia
Destiny Rescue volunteers working in a small Cambodian city noticed a similarity among many of their girls’ families: Most of them were impoverished, indebted, and struggling to earn an income. To truly bring an end to the sexual exploitation of these families’ children, they realised, intervention was needed at the family level.
The idea for Destiny Farm grew out of this desire to help families support themselves and care for their children. Most families in this part of Cambodia live in villages, so our volunteers knew that a truly effective income solution would need to be agricultural.
In mid-2016, Destiny Farm opened. Families can stay at the farm and learn an agricultural trade. So far, the farm includes three mushroom-growing shacks and a chicken coop, as well as guest houses with space for two families to live.
Mushroom growing is Destiny Farm’s first project. The farm has had seven successful mushroom harvests, and a few families have already completed their training.
Families can also learn chicken raising at the farm. Two families have finished this programme so far.
As well as providing training, the farm also gives small loans to families who are starting their own businesses. In the future, the farm will also train families in cricket farming and aquaponics gardening.
Destiny Farm has two goals: First, to teach families to earn an income. If families can support themselves, their children won’t have to leave to look for work—which is found all too often in a bar or brothel. Second, to become self-sustaining. Selling the farm’s produce should eventually provide enough income to cover its operating expenses.
We’re very excited to see how Destiny Farm will impact the whole community. We believe this project can make a huge difference for girls and their families!
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